NCWLIFE Evening News August 2nd, 2021


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away tonight; I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ve got a lot of news for you tonight from today and over the weekend, but first, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

The weekend was significant: A lot of unexpected changes, including extreme high temperatures that never materialized on the ground … mostly thanks to unhealthy and even hazardous levels of wildfire smoke. Humidity was high Saturday into Sunday and we did see some rainfall over the weekend, no more than 15-100ths of an inch in the Upper Valley.

But we also learned, no surprise, that July was a historically hot month for Wenatchee and other locales. We’re still getting a taste of that heat as we move into the first week of August. Dan Kuntz will be along a bit later to give you the full weather picture.

But first, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight. . . Crews began to turn the tide on the Cub Creek and Cedar Creek fires in the Methow Valley. Two people were killed and a suspect arrested Saturday at a home north of Moses Lake. And a Wenatchee man is accused of imprisoning a woman who held a protection order against him.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Crews battling a pair big fires north and south of Winthrop saw improved weather conditions that included a little rain Sunday. Evacuation levels were lowered in some areas of the Cedar Creek Fire burning along Highway 20. Moved from Level 3 to Level 2 was much of the Mazama area, including the Mazama Bible Camp, Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek Bridge. The Cedar Creek Fire has burned 48-thousand-700 acres and is 23 percent contained. The Cub Creek 2 Fire to the north has burned 58-thousand-800 acres and is 24 percent contained. The incident management team said with hotter weather and lower humidity today they were expecting the fires to be more active. Those fires even drew the attention of President Joe Biden this week. We’ll have more about that for you later in our broadcast.

Wind pushed smoke from those wildfires into the Wenatchee Valley over the weekend, lowering air quality into very unhealthy range in Wenatchee and Chelan and into hazardous range for several hours in Leavenworth. Fire managers on the Cedar Creek and Cub Creek 2 fires in Okanogan County said they expected winds this afternoon to push smoke to the east, providing some relief but conditions are likely to worsen this evening. After being in the very unhealthy range since 8 p.m. Saturday, air quality in Wenatchee improved to unhealthy by 7 this morning. Air conditions in Winthrop and Twisp remained in the hazardous range through the weekend and were actually at their worst this morning. Air quality in Leavenworth reached hazardous levels from 7 p.m. Sunday until midnight before improving somewhat to very unhealthy.

Two people were killed and a suspect arrested Saturday at a home north of Moses Lake. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is releasing few details on the incident. Spokesman Kyle Foreman said deputies responded just before noon to a report of a weapons violation in the 8000 block of Road 18 Northeast and found two people dead on the property. A person was taken into custody and law enforcement remained on the scene until well after midnight. Neither the names of the victims nor the person detained were released.

A Wenatchee man allegedly imprisoned a woman who held a protection order against him, then ran from police who arrived to investigate. 35-year-old Alfonso Villanueva Arroyo faces possible charges including assault, kidnapping and tampering with a witness. Wenatchee police say last Wednesday, Villanueva confronted a woman who held a domestic violence restraining order against him, and kept her inside a camper for 45 minutes while he ordered her to withdraw her allegations. The woman was eventually able to escape, and police say Villanueva sped away on a motorcycle as they tried to pull him over. They arrested him the following day. He remains in the Chelan County jail on $100,000 bond.

Coming up next: The north central region of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new director. And three men struggling over a pistol led to a gunshot and one arrest in East Wenatchee this weekend. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The north central region of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new director. Brock Hoenes (HAY-nus) will take over supervision of the five-county region starting this week. The 41-year-old Hoenes is a 13-year veteran of the wildlife agency. Right now he’s the Olympia section manager overseeing the state’s population of hoofed animals, but he started as a wildlife biologist in the north central region, which includes Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Adams counties. The regional office is based in Ephrata.

Lake Chelan’s fire district had to revise the language in its upcoming levy resolution, which goes to the voters in November. Chelan Fire & Rescue, also known as Fire District 7, currently collects about 81 cents for every $1,000 of property values within its boundaries. It wants to raise that rate to $1.10, to pay for staffing, equipment and other future costs. But the Chelan County assessor and prosecutor said the title on the ballot might be misleading to voters. Attorney Joseph Quinn explained the issue to fire commissioners in a meeting this morning.

Three men struggling over a pistol led to a gunshot and one arrest in East Wenatchee this weekend. No one was injured, but 60-year-old Darrell P. Sheriff faces a possible charge of second-degree assault. East Wenatchee police say two roommates in a mobile home park on South Pace Drive were arguing Friday over alleged damage to a garden. The fight became physical, and Sheriff allegedly was choking one roommate when the man reached for a handgun he legally carried in his waistband. The firearm went off as the three men fought over it. Sheriff remained jailed in the Chelan County justice center this morning.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Governor Jay Inslee sits down with the President and Vice President to talk about the state’s devastating fire season. After that, Dan Kuntz comes along with your complete local weather forecast. Much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Governor Jay Inslee and six other western governors met virtually Friday with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The topic: Combating and preventing the wildfires that have burned over 3 million acres this year, including almost 169,000 in Washington. The President specifically pointed to the fires currently plaguing the Methow Valley.

Now here with a full look at your weather picture, it’s Dan Kuntz.

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

A much-anticipated fishing season for sockeye salmon at Lake Wenatchee will open this week…

The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that anglers will be able to go after sockeye in Lake Wenatchee just after sunrise Wednesday morning.  The daily limit will be two sockeye with a minimum size of 12-inches.

According to fish manager, 29-thousand sockeye have been counted at Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River, creating the availability for a fishery.  Managers say they want a minimum of 23-thousand fish to return to propagate the species.  This will leave about 6-thousand fish for anglers to harvest.

A word to the wise, however.  The only launch is at the State Park and it will be busy long before daylight.  It’s recommended to be there early and pack some patience.

Heading into the weekend, the Mariners were 10-and-1 in extra-inning games this season and had 24-come-from-behind victories.  After a 9-5 win Friday, Seattle looked to control its Wild Card future in Texas.  The Rangers had other plans, however…

For the second-consecutive game, Jonah Heim hit a walk-off home run to hand Texas a 1-run win.  On Saturday, Seattle led 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th when Heim hit a game-winning, walk-off, 2-run home run.  Sunday, Seattle led 3-1 in the bottom of the 9th when the Rangers struck again…

Heim became the first player in the Majors to hit back-to-back, walk-off home runs for his team since Albert Pujols did it for St. Louis back in 2011.  Manager Scott Servais summed up the sour feeling nicely…

It doesn’t get any easier for Seattle as the Mariners now head for Tampa Bay to face the East-leading Rays.  Chris Flexen will face Michael Wacha at 4:10.

In other American League West action Sunday, Darin Ruf’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 5th proved to be the difference as San Francisco topped Houston 5-3.

Matt Olson hit a 3-run home run and Yan Gomes followed with a 2-run shot in Oakland’s 5-run 3rd inning as the A’s beat the Angels 8-to-3.  Oakland extended its lead over Seattle in the Wild Card race to 3-and-a-half games.

The Wenatchee AppleSox had a successful weekend in two games against the Northwest Star Academy…

Wenatchee took advantage of four Nighthawk errors in a 7-inning game Saturday to win 5-3.  After surrendering 2-runs in the first inning, the AppleSox came back to tie it with 2-in the 2nd.  Tino Bethancourt’s RBI-single gave Wenatchee a 3-2 lead in the 4th.  Un the 5th, Enzo Apodaca hit an RBI triple and then stole home to put the ‘Sox up for good.

Wenatchee jumped on the visitors early Friday in its 15-4 victory, including five runs in the first inning.  The AppleSox led 9-4 in the 6th when Collin Villegas (vee-YAY-gus) came to the plate to add on…

Eric Granstrom on the call as we broadcast the game LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Wenatchee begins its final home stand of the season tomorrow against Port Angeles.  We’ll have Friday’s game against Cowlitz live here at 6:30.

The ‘Sox had the day off Sunday, but here’s a look at other scores from the West Coast League.  Charlie Saum’s walk-off, RBI-single in the bottom of the 12th gave Bellingham at 5-4 win over Corvallis. 

Nathan Chong hit a 2-run home run in the 6th and Garrett Lake added a grand slam in the 9th as Port Angeles beat Cowlitz 12-to-1. 

John Peck’s 4th homer of the summer was a walk-off win for Ridgefield as the Raptors topped Walla Walla 8-7 in 11-innings.

Ivan Luna’s 2-run single in the bottom of the 7th gave Portland the lead and Jaxon Woodhouse added a bases-loaded walk to give the Pickles a 3-1 win over Bend.

Yakima Valley’s lead is 2-and-a-half games over Bellingham in the 2nd half standings of the W-C-L North.  Wenatchee sits at 4-and-11, 6-games back.  Corvallis leads Ridgefield by two games in the South.

As far as the overall standings keeping in mind that Yakima Valley already won the first half title, everyone’s chasing Bellingham right now.  The AppleSox sit 4-and-a-half-games back for the 2nd best overall record with 9-games remaining.

There’s one non-league game on the schedule today as Corvallis hosts the Northwest Star Academy.  Coming up tomorrow, Wenatchee hosts Port Angeles; Walla Walla visits Bend; Corvallis hosts Yakima Valley; Cowlitz plays at Ridgefield; and Portland entertains Bellingham.

The Seahawks wrapped up the first week of training camp Sunday at the V-Mac in Renton…

One player who has really stould out so far in camp is defensive back Marquis Blair.  The 3rd-year player missed most of last season with an ACL injury and coach Pete Carroll says he’s looking really good…

Carroll says he’s happy with the first week of camp as they go into week two preparing for a mock game at Lumen Field this Sunday…

Seattle’s scrimmage at Lumen Field this Sunday will be the first fan-attended football at the stadium since 2019.  Tickets are on sale for the 1:25 kickoff at Seahawks dot com.

Thanks Eric. Finally from us tonight . . .

A Grant County Jail inmate who walked away from custody on the Fourth of July was recaptured without incident Saturday morning in Ephrata. Following a tip, Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 25-year-old jail trustee Carlos Camarena in a home at 35 G Street Northeast. Also arrested at the home on an outstanding felony warrant was 39-year-old Linda Zaragoza. Camarena was taking garbage to a dumpster about 5 p.m. July 4th when he ran off. Camarena is now back in jail, where he is awaiting escape charges in addition to the time he is serving for second-degree burglary and third-degree theft.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up for your Tuesday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.